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Partner Organizations

Alverno College
Alverno College is a four-year, liberal arts, independent, Catholic college for women, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1887 by the School Sisters of St. Francis, the College offers weekday undergraduate programs and Alverno on the Weekend undergraduate programs, as well as graduate programs for women and men. Alverno College embodies many of the tenets of the School Sisters in its mission to educate and serve a variety of communities. Service to the community, improving society by addressing educational needs, and working for social justice, especially for women, are core components of both the founding order and the college. For more information, please visit www.alverno.edu.

Badger Association for the Visually Impaired
The Badger Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired serves people of all ages with vision loss from birth through adulthood, including school-age youth and their families. Centrally located and accessible by public transportation, the Badger Association offers training, support, and products to help individuals who are blind or visually impaired reach their full potential. For more information please check out the Badger Association website at www.badgerassoc.org or call (414) 615-0100.

Centro Legal
Centro Legal provides affordable legal services to low-income individuals in Milwaukee County. We serve a diverse group of clients in family law and criminal misdemeanor defense cases. Centro Legal helps clients who are in transition: transition out of poverty, transition toward stability, transition toward safety. We serve people who are trying to help themselves. Our most successful clients are committed to resolving their legal situations as part of their journey toward a better and more secure future. We help our clients navigate the legal system, so that they can focus on their families, employment, education, and safety. For more information, please call 414-384-7900 or visit www.centrolegalwisconsin.org.

Child Development Center of St. Joseph
The Child Development Center of St. Joseph provides family-focused child development within a Christian-oriented environment. The Center serves children 6 weeks through 12 years of age in infant, toddler, preschool, and school age programs. The mission of the Child Development Center of St. Joseph is to develop the whole child while ministering to families. The Center is a resource and advocate for children and families in the community by responding to the needs and promoting healthy family relationships. For more information, please visit www.cdcsj.org or call 414-645-5337.

Down Syndrome Association of America
The vision of the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin is to promote the understanding of the value of people with Down syndrome. We offer various events and activities within the community that promote this awareness, such as: Annual Down syndrome Awareness Walk, Annual Golf Outing, Informational Bulletin Board at Schools and Libraries, Community Outreach and Education Projects, Resource Lending Library, Presentations to Medical, Daycare, and Educational Professionals, Social Events for Individuals with Down syndrome and Families and Friends. For more information, please visit www.dsaw.org or call 1-866-327-3729.

Mental Health of America
Mental Health America of Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives through education, information, advocacy and support. Mental Health of America’s services include Strong Families Healthy Homes, community outreach and education, information and assistance, and legislative advocacy. For more information, please call 414-276-3122 or visit www.mhawisconsin.org.

Milwaukee Center for Independence
The Milwaukee Center for Independence has been assisting individuals and families with special needs to better live and work in the community since 1938. We believe that people with physical, developmental, behavioral, economic and other challenges should be encouraged, educated, treated and supported as they move toward realizing their dreams. Children, adults and older adults with disabilities and special needs turn to MCFI for programs and services designed to improve their quality of life. MCFI offers over 50 programs that serve more than 8,000 individuals in Southeastern Wisconsin and their families.  The agency’s four core programming areas are Children’s Services, Long Term Care and Therapies, Behavioral Health Services and Employment Services. For more information, please visit www.mcfi.net.

Milwaukee Justice Center
The Milwaukee Justice Center utilizes volunteers to address the unmet legal needs of Milwaukee County’s low-income self-represented litigants through court-based self-help desks and legal resources. The Milwaukee Justice Center (MJC) is a collaborative project between the Milwaukee Bar AssociationMilwaukee County, and Marquette University Law School. The underlying philosophy of the project is that self-represented litigants have a fundamental right to access the justice system even if they cannot afford an attorney or do not qualify for legal aid. For more information, please visit www.milwaukee.gov/MJC.

Milwaukee Public Library
The Milwaukee Public Library includes a Central location, as well as 12 branch libraries across Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Public Library also offers programs geared towards children, teens, families, and child care providers. Visit www.mpl.org to reserve library materials, download audiobooks, and use databases for research.

Milwaukee Public Schools Child Find
Child Find is a service that Milwaukee Public Schools is responsible to provide the community to help identify children with possible special education needs. Child Find connects families with additional help, resources, and support. A team of professionals creates Individual Education Programs (IEP) for eligible students to ensure a strong strategy for school success. For more information, contact the MPS Child Find at 414-475-8593.

Milwaukee Public Schools Homeless Education Program
The Milwaukee Public Schools Homeless Education Program (HEP) strives to support school stability and remove enrollment barriers. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines homelessness as lacking a “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” This may include those who are doubled up, at a shelter, youth shelter, or hotel/motel. Contact personnel for the program are trained and in place at all MPS schools. Students/families may also be screened for eligibility or enrolled at Central Services. Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to the Homeless Contact or to the HEP office at 475-8911.

Pan-African Community Association
PACA brings together all people of African descent to preserve and enrich African cultural values through education, empowerment, and dialogue; serving the needs of the greater Milwaukee community. PACA envisions African refugees and immigrants making a smooth adjustment into the American society, enjoying the rights and fulfilling their obligations as integral members of their community. For more information, please visit http://www.panafricoma.org.

Parents Plus
The mission of Parents Plus is to educate, train, and support parents, educators, service providers, and community members throughout Wisconsin to strengthen families, promote student success, and achieve optimal childhood outcomes. Parents Plus will provide free of charge information and workshops to parents, school staff, and community organizations on: parent leadership, poverty issues, advocating for your child, math and science family nights, family literacy, brain development, No Child Left Behind, healthy relationships, financial management, early childhood development, and job readiness. For more information, please visit www.parentspluswi.org or call 1-877-384-1769.

Public Allies Milwaukee
Public Allies Milwaukee advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Through our signature AmeriCorps program, we identify talented and passionate young adults from diverse backgrounds and offer them paid apprenticeships with local nonprofits. Allies serve at Partner Organizations for 10 months, 8.5 hours a day, Monday –Thursday. Each Friday, Allies participate in leadership trainings on topics ranging from diversity and anti-oppression to nonprofit governance and volunteer management. For more information, contact Dan Chojnacki, Director of Community Partnerships at 414.227.3201 or chojnack@uwm.edu, or visit www.publicallies.org/milwaukee.

St. Aemilian-Lakeside
St. Aemilian-Lakeside is a Milwaukee-based human services agency that provides innovative family-centered care and educational services that embrace diversity and empower children, families, and adults to improve the quality of their lives. Program highlights include: Caregiver Coordination, Caregiver Support, Community Day Treatment, Family Preservation Services, Friendships Unlimited, Independent Living Services, Advocacy and Partnerships, School-Based Services, Short-term Residential Treatment, Spring City Corner Clubhouse, Transitions Therapeutic School, Treatment Foster Care, and Subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.st-al.org or call 1-800-840-1880.

St. Charles’ Family Intervention Support and Services Program
The Family Intervention Support & Services Program (FISS) provides in-home case management to families with adolescents who are experiencing home, school or community issues. Issues may include, but are not limited to: truancy, curfew violations, alcohol or drug abuse, mental health concerns and sexualized behaviors. Families with at-risk adolescents 12-17 years of age living in Milwaukee County are eligible to receive services. FISS is a short-term voluntary program funded by the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. Please contact the FISS Access Unit at Perez Pena Ltd. at (414) 273-5322 to schedule an assessment.

WI FACETS
The mission of WI FACETS is to provide and broaden opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and their families, with emphasis on support for underserved families in the community. WI FACETS helps parents build partnerships with those who provide services to their children, connects families to community resources, educates parents on their rights and how to use those rights to become involved in their child’s education, empowers parents and young adults so they may advocate effectively for their own needs, provides information and resources to educators and other professionals who support children with disabilities. For more information, call 1-877-374-0511 or visit www.wifacets.org.

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